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October 13, 2011

Night of the Drawn Dead

It's the time of year where all our hearts flutter with fear. It marks the return of The Walking Dead and Zombie Walks all over the world, but nothing will prepare your weak heart for Rob Sacchetto's Zombie Portraits. Rob turns your everyday googly mug into delightfully decaying masterpieces, so that even if you sleep with Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide, you'll still be left shaking with fear beneath your bed.

You can (and should) read the whole process over at Rob's website, but it basically goes a little something like this: First he takes your photograph and draws your likeness with a pencil, which he considers the most crucial part of the whole process. "Likeness is paramount" he says, because "placement, proportion has to be spot on." Rob adds, "It's during this process that I look at light, facial structure and I go about creating a zombie that is still recognizable. I don't use any references, by the way, all this chaos comes from my twisted psyche." He then adds watercolor flesh-tones, which gives it a 'trauma' look and follows it up with ink to highlight all the small details that make his Zombie Portraits so unique. In all, it takes him between 3 to 6 hours to complete a portrait.

See more ghoulish examples below, while you still have a pulse.



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September 20, 2011

From Sketches to Carved Coins

You'll do a double take when you see John Schipp's re-carved coins. It's okay, we did too, these coins are so insanely detailed you'd swear they're fake.

It's obvious you can only get to such a result with tons of patience, dedication and talent, but we were still so curious about the process that I contacted John to clue us in on how he turns coins into amazing art.



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September 14, 2011

A Drawn Prayer

This is not to be missed: A full scale carpet drawn completely by hand using a simple black Bic pen.

Over the course of 15 months, Jonathan Bréchignac painstakingly detailed inch by inch of this prayer carpet. He explored different patterns and drew inspiration from all types of art (French roman, traditional Japanese, native American, Mexican) and also military camouflage and animal patterns, to create an almost seamless mix of different civilizations and religions.

Johan Jeanson explains, "Despite working on it for hundreds of hours Jonathan has still only been able to use up one pen and is now working on emptying a second one."

We admire your endurance Jonathan, and wish you the power to keep pushing the series forward. Amazing.



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June 9, 2011

Giveaway: Drawn In by Julia Rothman

If I were to envision Doodlers Anonymous as a published book, it would look damn close to the one I am about to give away.

Julia Rothman is an illustrator and pattern designer who runs the popular blog Book By Its Cover, which features a different art-related book every weekday. We've been fans of the site since day one and especially love the weekly sketchbook series.

Her latest book, Drawn In, is a peek into the inspiring sketchbooks of 44 fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers, and cartoonists. It's an incredible read, filled with insightful q&a and beautiful full-color photographs of sketchbook pages that were quite possibly never meant to be seen.

We are fans not only of the content, but because it features some of our favorite artists. Of the 44, at least 10 have been featured on Doodlers Anonymous, including the amazing Ted McGrath.

Friends of DA, we are giving this great book away. To be in the running, just leave a comment with the title of a book you bought because of its cover. We'll pick a winner from the hat. Comments close June 15th (Wednesday) at 2pm Eastern. Good luck everyone;...and for those of you that can't wait, get your hands on the book today. It deserves to be on your coffee table.

And the winner is: Robyn Wells. Congrats!



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March 26, 2011

A Case for Snail Mail

Take a look at these hand-drawn postcards by Carolyn Sewell. Colors, letters, lines and curls, I might just beg to be her peep.

Found via swissmiss.



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February 14, 2011

Raindrops, Cats & Hearts

Dorset, England's Heidi M is quite gracious. She's eager to share her process and what makes her "tingle and buzz with creativity." Take her up on the offer: peek into her sketchbook where she's developing characters for a new story, and take a gander at her hand-painted greeting cards, including one of Frida Kahlo. You’ll fancy Heidi’s pencil-sketched watercolor portraits. They’re pretty and polite.


December 28, 2010

Black Magic Woman

Black Lilly is Aya Rosen’s ongoing project—- she is designing and illustrating her own 78-card Tarot deck. Mystics, Occultists and Doodlers rejoice! Her cards feature traditional archetypes accompanied by bold marks, stunning use of color, and unabashed sensuality. Treat yourself to her other art (including album covers and vintage porn) and don’t forget her etsy shop. What craft!



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